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Mirwaiz to Delhi:Is seeking resolution of K-issue terrorism?

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Srinagar, Mar 15: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday asked New Delhi whether seeking peaceful resolution of Kashmir is ‘terrorism’?
Addressing the Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid Srinagar, Mirwaiz claimed that the Government of India was “resorting to various tactics to suppress the voices of Kashmiris”.
“We won’t succumb to these threats and want resolution of Kashmir politically,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that the crackdowns and summons by National Investigating Agency (NIA), arresting of people, slapping of PSAs, and sending prisoners to jails outside Kashmir, were only done to “suppress” Kashmiris.
“These things are not new to us. We have seen them since 1931. Kashmiri voices can’t be suppressed through military power. Mirwaiz Yusuf Shah, martyrs Mirwaiz Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone all fought for the rights of Kashmiris. I have been done the same since the age of 17,” he said adding, “We are not going to bow down and Delhi can’t force us into submission by intimidating us.”
Mirwaiz said Kashmiris were not “fighting against any religion, government, or country but against policies of government of India.”
“We want fulfilling of commitments made by India, and Pakistan with the Kashmiris. Is talking about Kashmir issue terrorism? We represent the sentiments of Kashmiris. The Indian media is creating an impression that those who talk about Kashmir issue are terrorists,” he said.
“If this is terrorism then which way are India and its people going? We are not fighting war against any country. We remind about commitments India had made with Kashmir. Is it anti-national?” he asked. “Political space is being curbed. Kashmiris are being pushed to guns and forced to become suicide bombers,” he said.
Mirwaiz asked Kashmiris to be united and “defeat the designs” of Delhi.
“Ours is a unanimous struggle. My stand is same, what we have said in Kashmir to former prime ministers of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh, that Kashmir issue has to be resolved either by allowing Kashmiris right to self-determination or India, Pakistan and Kashmiris has to sit together and find a political solution to the dispute,” he said.
He said that Jamia Masjid has been an epitome to raise voices of Kashmiris since 1931. He claimed that the Government of India was attempting to “change the demographic nature” of Kashmir.
Mirwaiz also denounced the massacre of 49 people in two New Zealand mosques saying it was an attack on humanity.
The NIA Thursday issued fresh summons to Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to appear for questioning at its headquarters in New Delhi in connection with a funding case on March 18. On February 26, the agency had carried out searches at premises of various separatist leaders, including the Mirwaiz, in connection with the case related to alleged militancy funding in Jammu and Kashmir.
He had been asked to appear before the NIA on March 11 but the Mirwaiz had expressed his inability to join the investigation in Delhi fearing for his security in view of the “conditions of hostility”.
After prayers, supporters of Mirwaiz took out a rally against the Mirwaiz’s summoning.


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Militant, Army officer killed in Anantnag gunfight

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Srinagar, Jun 17: An Army officer and a militant were killed and three other soldiers including a Major injured in a gunfight in south Kashmir Anantnag district on Monday, police said.

Police sources said the officer was shot at during the firing exchange between the holed-up militants and security forces in Bidoora village in Achabal area of the district.

The slain militant was believed to be a foreigner.

 

SSP Anantnag, Altaf Khan said that the operation was launched following specific inputs about the presence of some militants in the area.

He said that as the joint team intensified the searches, the militants, hiding in the area, opened fire which was retaliated, triggering off a gunfight.

Initially, sources said, the joint team of forces and militants exchanged gunfire for some time during which the house, in which the militants were hiding, was damaged. Later there was a lull for about an hour even as Army rushed more reinforcements and the joint team started searches to find out the militants.

Soon the militants rose from the debris and opened indiscriminate fire on the forces, resulting in the on-spot death of Major Keetan Sharma and injuries to three others including another Army Major Rahul Verma, sources said.

They added the joint team of forces retailed the fire, leading to the fresh gunfight in an open field. While one militant was killed and the search operation is underway to find if there is any more militant hiding in the area.

The identity and group affiliation of the slain militant is being ascertained, sources said.

Meanwhile, youth took to streets and pelted stones at the security forces. The police and paramilitary CRPF deployed in the area used tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse them.

In wake of the operation, the authorities snapped internet service in the southern district.

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IED blast in Pulwama, 6 soldiers, 2 civilians injured

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Srinagar, Jun 17: Militants on Monday attempted to blow off an Army vehicle in a village in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

A police official said that an armoured vehicle of Army came under an IED attack in Hargam Arihal village of Pulwama. He added that after the blast militants also fired some gunshots towards the vehicle.

Local residents informed that they heard huge blast followed by gunshots.

 

Reports said that six soldiers and two civilians were injured in the blast. The soldiers were shifted to Army’s 92 base hospital at Badamibagh, Srinagar for treatment.

The area was soon cordoned off, officials said.

Earlier, reports said that militants exploded an IED under a Casper vehicle, extensively damaging it, as an army convoy passed through Arihal. However, the army clarified that the damaged vehicle was not a Casper, but an Ashok Leyland Stallion truck.

Three of them who were travelling in the cabin of the vehicle are stated to be serious, the news agency reported.

The blast was triggered by militants using a car laden with explosives, GNS reported attributing the same to “initial investigations by police.”

“A police officer that the explosives were fitted inside a car and investigators are probing the owner of the vehicle. Asked, which type of vehicle was used, the officer said that it is a matter of investigation,” the news agency reported.

“Samples have been collected and further probe is underway,” the officer was quoted saying.

In a statement, the Army called the attack a “failed attempt” by militants. The troops are safe, barring a few minor injuries, it said, adding, “The area has been cordoned and search operations are in progress”.

The blast comes days after Pakistan had reportedly shared information with India and America regarding the possibility of major militant attack in the south Kashmir district. (With inputs from GNS)

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Emotional scenes at slain SHO’s wreath-laying ceremony

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SSP Srinagar, Dr Haseeb Mughal holding in his lap the son of slain SHO Arshid Khan during the wreath laying ceremony at DPL, Srinagar on Monday – Photo: Umar Ganie

Srinagar, Jun 17: Emotional scenes were Monday witnessed at District Police Lines (DPL) Srinagar as top cops and bureaucrats attended the wreath-laying ceremony of the slain police officer Arshad Khan, who had sustained critical injuries in a militant attack in Anantnag last week and later succumbed to his injuries at AIIMS, Delhi on Sunday.

J&K Police chief Dilbagh Singh, Advisors to Governor K Vijay Kumar and KK Sharma, Home Secretary Shaleen Kabra, Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmed Khan, ADGP Muneer Khan, and SSP Srinagar Dr Haseeb Mughal, among other civil and police officers were present on the occasion.

J&K Police shared two heart wrenching photos of Dr Mughal carrying the deceased’s son in his arms during the wreath-laying ceremony.

 

In the photos, a teary-eyed Haseeb is seen carrying slain Arshad Khan’s son while paying tributes to his colleague.

On the occasion, Advisor Kumar said that more than 1600 J&K Police personnel have lost their lives in the line of duty.

On June 12, around 4:50 pm, five paramilitary troopers and a militant were killed and four other security forces personnel including Arshad sustained injuries after militants attacked a joint party of CRPF and police at bus stand Anantnag.

Arshad was immediately evacuated to a nearby hospital and then to Srinagar’ SK Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura. After being treated there for a few days, he was flown to Delhi’s AIIMS hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.

According to police, Arshad was inducted into police services in the year 2002 and was presently posted as SHO Anantnag. Khan is survived by father and mother, wife Neelofar, 5-year-old son Abuhan Khan, Danim 2, and a brother.

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